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    long the province of academia

    Failed to get "(brought) long the province of academia."

    Does it mean "the long province/broad area of academia"?

    Plus, failed to get "And you thought scientists couldn’t talk smack."

    Does it mean "Yet you thought scientists don't have the ability of double talk"?

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    The stakes are exceedingly high. CRISPR is the most important new technology to hit biology since recombinant DNA, which launched Genentech, made Swanson, along with his colleagues and investors, rich and brought molecular biology, long the province of academia, into the realm of celebrity and big money. In this context, the Cell essay has huge patent and prize implications. Lander has been accused of writing an incomplete and inaccurate history of the CRISPR story, burnishing the patent claims of the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass., (he is its director) and minimizing the contributions of rival scientists. A blogger has referred to him as “an evil genius at the height of his craft.” And George Church, a colleague at the Broad Institute, likens Lander to a figure out of a Greek tragedy. “The only person that could hurt him was himself,” he says. “He was invulnerable to anybody else’s sword.” And you thought scientists couldn’t talk smack.

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    Re: long the province of academia

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    CRISPR is the most important new technology to hit biology since recombinant DNA, which launched Genentech, made Swanson, along with his colleagues and investors, rich and brought molecular biology, long the province of academia, into the realm of celebrity and big money. I
    recombinant DNA brought molecular biology (which had, for a long time, been discussed only in academic circles) into the world of celebrity and big money.

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    Re: long the province of academia

    Excellent English!

    Who would like to give a hand on the second question?

    Plus, failed to get "And you thought scientists couldn’t talk smack."

    Does it mean "Yet you thought scientists don't have the ability of double talk"?

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    Re: long the province of academia

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Plus, failed to get "And you thought scientists couldn’t talk smack."
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/defin...m=talk%20smack

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